How Low Did You GoFebruary 28th, 2014 at 10:11 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Click on the image to enlarge. These are low preliminary low temperatures (as of 7 am – some locations may have been colder after 7 am) from Upper Michigan (from the Marquette NWS), including a bone-chilling -41 at Newberry – which was the coldest temperature in the U.S. overnight. Other lows from the U.P.: -37 Spincich Lake, -34 Champion and Doe Lake, -32 Wakefield, -28 Marquette and -25 at Houghton. In the Lower Peninsula, both Pellston and Leota (Clare Co.) dipped to -33. The -12 in Grand Rapids broke the daily record low temperature by 10 degrees. The Muskegon Airport reached -7, breaking their daily record by 7 degrees. The Muskegon GLERL station on the beach at Muskegon got down to at least -4.3. In the middle picture here, you can see that the channel at Muskegon froze over last night. The third picture shows sunrise in Chicago from (nearly) 3 miles east of downtown at the water intake (Harrison Crib). The warmest spot was Ludington, stopping at -1. Other low temps. last night: -29 Houghton Lake and Gaylord, -27 Baldwin, -26 Cadillac, -22 Lawrence and Leslie, -21 Big Rapids, -20 Entrican (Montcalm Co.), -19 Hastings and Manton, -18 Mt. Pleasant, -17 Ionia and Alma, -16 Belding, Charlotte, Marshall, Ceresco and Wellston, -14 Fremont, West Olive and the Kalamazoo Nature Center, -13 Kalamazoo Airport, Hudsonville and Clarksville, -12 Grand Rapids, Fennville and Watervliet, -11 Lansing, Jackson, Three Rivers and Mendon, -10 Battle Creek, -9 Holland, Manistee, Allendale, Kent City, Hartford and Lawton, -8 S. Haven and Sparta (ag. station – local lows spots were down to -20), -7 Muskegon and -6 in Sturgis.
The visible satellite loop this AM showed low clouds over the lake moving north and higher clouds pushing in from west to east. Those clouds will move in by around midday and we’ll see some light snow develop this evening (north of G.R.) and then later tonight across the rest of the area. The overall cold pattern holds through the first two weeks of March, though temps. moderate a little for the 2nd half of next week. Weekend snowstorm from Kansas to Southern New England. It still looks like an inch (two at the most) north of G. R. tonight and 2-4″ Sat. night (higher amounts south of G.R. Then just cold Sunday to Wednesday.
From the GRR NWS Hydrologist: “RECENT USGS MEASUREMENTS ON THE GRAND RIVER INDICATE ICE DEPTH OF AROUND ONE FOOT AT PORTLAND AND IONIA. THE USGS ALSO MEASURED 9 INCHES OF ICE DEPTH ON THE LOOKING GLASS RIVER NEAR EAGLE. WHAT THIS MEANS IS THAT MAIN STEM RIVERS LIKE THE GRAND WILL NEED TO RISE AT LEAST 3 FEET TO BEGIN BREAKING UP THE ICE (GENERAL RULE IS ICE BEGINS BREAKING UP WHEN RIVER RISES REACH 3 TIMES THE THICKNESS OF THE ICE COVERAGE)”.